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Girls' attitudes to shape studied

23 August 07 00:25 GMT

Girls who have a sibling with diabetes are more concerned about their weight, shape and what they eat than those who do not, according to research.

The study was among a number carried out by NHS Highland trainee psychologists and presented at a conference in Inverness.

Rachel Smith looked at two groups of 12 youngsters, one with a brother or sister who has type one diabetes.

Type one is also known as insulin dependent diabetes.

Other studies by trainees found concerns about body shape and eating problems to be significantly higher among girls than boys.

Results also revealed a high prevalence of exercising hard to control body shape or weight reported by youngsters aged 14 and 15.

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